So, I find myself looking at two different saws (yeah, I know what I wrote earlier, but that was a minimum…who wants just a minimum anyways?). I’m mostly checking out the dovetail saws and the rip saws on eBay. Guess what? The style dovetail saw I want? They seem to shoot up in price bigger than snot. I top bid $45? They go for $46. I don’t bid? They go for $30. What’s up with that?
However, I’m not despairing though. Every time I have gotten a setback, it’s been like room is being made for something else. My #4 turns out to need more work than I though? Yesterday I won a Norvell Shapleigh smoothing plane…looks like a #4 to me! So, with this in mind, I have to remember that these saws will find their way to me soon enough.
On a related note though, my wife wants to buy me a dovetail saw. I told her I prefer vintage saws over new, mostly due to price. “They can’t be that much. How much do they cost?” Well, I told her that they run about $130. Vintage it is then! (Why couldn’t I have said I wanted a Wenzloff & Sons dovetail saw? What’s wrong with me?). I’m very lucky. Jennifer and I have had plenty of rough patches. There were times when I didn’t think we’d make it. There were times when I hoped we wouldn’t make it. But here we are, and I’m starting to realize how fortunate I am to have her. While she’s not crazy about dropping hundreds of dollars on a single tool, and she’ll never be cool with a table saw (SawStop might be an exception though), she’s done nothing but been supportive of my hand tool habit.
In truth, she deserves a blog posting all her own!
-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!